Manchester United vs Stoke City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Man United vs Stoke City | Tuesday 2 December, 2014 | Old Trafford | 19.45
Manchester United’s season has been gathering momentum over the past few weeks and they head into Tuesday’s clash against Stoke City expecting to win.
Louis van Gaal’s men held on to their top four position with an unequivocal 3-0 defeat of Hull City at Old Trafford at the weekend. United’s third consecutive victory, Van Gaal has gone on to praise their performance as their best this season.
Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick commented on United’s weekend display saying, “It was a good performance and a good win. We controlled the game from the start and played some really good football. Hopefully there will be more of the same on Tuesday.
“Our downfall this season is that we’ve had to change the team too much and we haven’t had a consistent run with this squad. Hopefully that will change now and it’s nice to have a game so quick so we can keep that momentum going.
“It was a good win against Hull but it’s behind us now and our focus is on Tuesday. If we can do what we did on Saturday on a more regular basis, we’ll be a real threat.”
Wayne Rooney should be fit for United but it Angel di Maria has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind remain side-lined although 19-year-old James Wilson could return after missing the Hull game.
Stoke will use their midweek tie to try to redeem themselves from consecutive defeats against Burnley and Liverpool.
Manager Mark Hughes will be counting on Bojan Krkic after his first class display at Anfield and hoping that his impressive form will result in a goal this time out. The 24-year-old winger was unlucky not to score against Liverpool, with his best effort just colliding with the back post.
“He was the best player on the pitch, there was no doubt about that,” said Hughes. “He’s up to speed now and getting to grips with everything. You can see that he’s stronger than he was at the beginning of the season.
“He’s always looking to be positive with his play and technically he can receive the ball in tight areas, which is important for us. He’s getting better with every game now.”
Stoke will be without Steve Sidwell and Glenn Whelan who both came off the pitch injured at Anfield, but Phil Bardsley looks ready to make a return after missing the Liverpool clash due to illness.
United suffered their first league loss to Stoke in thirty years the last time these sides met, but with Van Gaal’s reign starting to look considerably better than Moyes’, it’s unlikely that we’ll see another shock Stoke victory this time out.
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